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Kazakhstan scientist invents new, more powerful, wind turbine

Marat Issekeyev, a scientist from Kazakhstan, has invented a cheap wind turbine that can generate almost 1.5 times more electricity than comparable turbines.

InstaVolt welcomes UK Governments call for consistency in EV charging

Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure company InstaVolt has welcomed reports that the Government is going to make roadside pricing for electric vehicle charging "more consistent and transparent.”

Tocardo Tidal Power successfully tests scaled version of its Universal Foundation System (UFS)

Dutch tidal energy solutions company Tocardo Tidal Power has successfully tested a scaled version of its Universal Foundation System (UFS) at MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands).

New investors join Scatec Solar to develop 100 MW Nigerian solar project

Scatec Solar has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with infrastructure fund Africa50 for investment into the 100 MW Nova Scotia power plant in Dutse, Nigeria.

Asian wind energy executives establish new wind trade association

The Asia Wind Energy Association (AsiaWEA) has been created aiming to become one of the leading organisations for on and offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific region.

TEV project to attend Indian Roads Congress

The director of the TEV project is to attend the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) in Hyderabad to discuss some of the cutting-edge technologies for road transportation in India.

SGIP announces approval of new smart grid standard

Energy industry consortium SGIP has announced that the ANSI/ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201-2016 Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM) has been approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Baroness Neville-Rolfe speech on decarbonisation of heating welcomed by GSHPA

VTT working group publishes roadmap to establishing new smart cities

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating an international CIB working group which has published a roadmap to the smart cities of the future.

The world’s first nickel zinc smart battery: An interview with Tim Hysell and Todd Higinbotham of ZincFive Inc.

ZincFive, Inc. has created the world's first nickel-zinc smart battery, a reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to many of the safety concerns associated with lead acid and lithium ion batteries.  Nickel-zinc will be only the fifth battery chemistry in history to globally scale. It was originally invented by Thomas Edison and was his dream battery chemistry, but he wasn't able to commercialise it. ZincFive has now done just that.

Intelligent transportation, traffic, data centers, automotive and telecom need safe battery backup to keep systems operating, even when the utility power dies. Nickel-zinc is being used right now in intelligent transportation systems across North America, replacing lead-acid batteries. The company is also close to developing the technology for applications in other mission critical industries.

REM talked to Tim Hysell, President and…

Japanese university develops innovative refrigerator powered by waste heat

Tokai University researchers have developed an innovative refrigerator powered only by waste heat using a multistage sound wave engine.

Dulas launches met mast verification service with Zephir wind lidar

Renewable energy service provider Dulas has announced the launch of a new wind farm met mast data verification and testing service with Zephir 300 lidar.

Fortum Charge & Drive opens new EV charging facility in Norway

Fortum Charge & Drive is building an innovative EV charging facility at the Vulkan parking garage in central Oslo.

UK Biomethane production doubled in 2016 says ADBA

The UK now has almost 90 plants injecting green biomethane into the gas grid, double the number this time last year, according to a new report published by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)

Gamesa supplies 115 MW of wind power to Chile

Gamesa has signed a contract with EDF EN Chile and Ibereólica for the supply of 115 MW of wind power to the Cabo Leones I wind complex in Comuna de Freirina, Atacama region, Chile.

Enel Green Power begins operations at world’s first integrated geothermal-hydro power plant

Enel S.p.A., through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA) has started operations at the world’s first integrated, commercial-scale geothermal-hydro power plant at its Cove Fort site in Utah.

Geometric Energy introduces new PV racking system

Geometric Energy Corporation has developed a patent-pending, scalable, low-concentrated photovoltaic racking system that arranges photovoltaic cells into a mathematically optimised structure to increase their power output.

Energy for Rural India: An Interview with Dr Mark Walker of Sheffield University

One of the UK’s largest energy research institutes based at the University of Sheffield, has been working on an interesting energy project in India, regarding the question of how isolated villages in rural areas currently without access to energy sources can generate their own electricity. 

The Energy2050 initiative focuses on energy innovation and knowledge exchange and brings together more than 120 academics, and 250 PhD students. Dr Mark Walker, an expert in the area of biogas and anaerobic digestion, has been working on a project in India to supply biogas to a rural village. REM talked to Dr Walker to find out more about it.

Australia redesigns its energy policy with battery storage following blackouts

Battery storage can be part of the world’s future energy generation mix to overcome electrical outages caused by severe storms says Lloyd’s Register.

100 percent renewable energy system cheapest option for South America

Harland and Wolff awarded a foundations contract supporting East Anglia ONE

ScottishPower Renewables has awarded Belfast heavy industry specialist Harland and Wolff  (H&W) a contract for the delivery of 24 steel foundation jackets for the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm.

European Commission presents package of measures to increase competitiveness of European renewable energy

The European Commission (EC) has presented a package of measures to keep the European Union competitive while the clean energy transition changes the global energy markets.

REG supports EPA final rule regarding Advanced Biofuel RVO

Renewable Energy Group (REG) have supported the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) increase in the Advanced Biofuel Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) released in late November.

ADB helps to improve access to clean energy in Pakistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $325 million loan to help enhance Pakistan’s energy security by helping install clean energy sources in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPP) and Punjab.

OpenLV awarded £4.9 million funding

UK Business and Energy Secretary attends launch of new wind turbine blade from Siemens Hull

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP visited Siemens new wind turbine facility in Hull, UK – the centrepiece of a £310 million investment – as the first 75 million blade was unveiled to Siemens customers, guests and the media.

Scottish Government approves pumped storage hydro scheme

The Scottish Government has given consent for a pumped storage hydro scheme of up to 400MW on the site of a former open cast coal mine in Dumfries and Galloway.

Loop Energy introduces fuel cell range extender for electric transport

Loop Energy has introduced a new range-extender (REX) power module for heavy-duty electric transport vehicles.

Siemens awarded HVDC interconnector contract by Amprion and Elia

Amprion and Elia have signed a contract with Siemens to deliver two high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) converter stations for the first electricity interconnector between Germany and Belgium.

University of Sheffield solar research wins industry award

Pioneering work in understanding and improving the efficiency of the UK’s solar industry has led to a University of Sheffield research group scooping a top industry award.

Alpiq and Groupe E merge their charging networks for electric vehicles

From 2017, Alpiq and Groupe E, together with their partners, will merge their charging networks for electric cars, offering customers access to more than 300 charging stations in Switzerland.

Acciona Agua carries out research to reuse waste from water treatment processes

The Watintech project, in which Acciona is participating together with technology centres and European universities, has won the ‘Best Research 2016’ award at the IWater Salon in Barcelona.

Stem Inc becomes first energy storage provider to meet SCE requirements

Intelligent energy storage provider Stem Inc. has announced it has become the first customer-sited energy storage developer to help Southern California Edison (SCE) meet local grid reliability needs.

Nova Scotia’s first grid-connected tidal turbine deployed at Fundy test site

Nova Scotia homes and businesses are now powered by Canada’s first grid connected in-stream tidal turbine.

OAS and ORE Catapult collaborate on offshore wind systems

Ocean Array Systems (OAS) will use the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s 7 MW offshore wind demonstration turbine to validate software designed to improve the control strategies of offshore wind turbines.

Toshiba develops new magnet for EVs and wind turbine motors

Toshiba Corporation and Toshiba Materials Co. Ltd. have developed a new magnet for a variety of uses including hybrid and electric automobiles and the motors for wind turbines.

Norvento launches new bioplant anaerobic digestion system

Manufacturer of on-site renewable energy systems Norvento has launched a new integrated biogas solution for agricultural, utility and industrial users throughout the UK.

Gaelectric officially opens £13.4 million Cloonty Wind Farm in County Antrim

Renewable energy and energy storage group, Gaelectric, has officially opened its £13.4million wind farm at Cloonty in Co. Antrim.

E.ON study shows German businesses focusing on climate protection

The latest trend study from E.ON shows that a majority of German companies take the issue of energy conservation seriously.

EDF and Stornetic start project on advanced smart grids storage solutions

Stornetic DuraStor flywheel energy storage device to be installed at EDF Energy’s smart grid test facility near Paris, France.

US Government study confirms vast untapped energy and jobs potential for distributed wind power

A study by the US Department of Energy (DOE) has confirmed the vast and untapped energy and jobs potential of distributed wind power systems at homes, farms and businesses.

Canadian Government supports algal biorefinery demonstration project

The Canadian National Research Council (NRC) has collaborated on the development of the country’s first algal biorefinery demonstration project to recycle CO2 into algal biomass.

Swedish IoT provider raises $3 million for IoT expansion and innovation

Fast-growing Swedish Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and platform system provider H&D Wireless, has raised $3 million to fund continued expansion and the launch of a new IoT cloud platform system.

German research centre develops new biofuel cell with energy storage

Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed a hybrid of a fuel cell and capacitor on a biocatalytic basis that efficiently generates and stores energy.

Gamesa secures Chinese order for its largest wind turbine

Gamesa has secured the first order for its largest turbine from the renewable energy subsidiary of Sinohydro, one of China’s largest manufacturing groups.

Canadian National Research Council investigating vanadium supply strategy

Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) is investigating the potential opportunities for supplying vanadium to the energy storage market.

Total to install solar power in 5,000 service stations worldwide

Petroleum giant Total is launching a program to equip 5,000 of its service stations worldwide with solar panels within five years, including 800 in France.

Alaska Airlines runs flight using fuel made from residual biomass

Washington state-based Alaska Airlines has made history by flying the first commercial flight using the world's first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals.

Scottish First Minister welcomes SDIC to Scotland

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has opened the new offices of Red Rock Power Limited, a subsidiary of State Development & Investment Corporation (SDIC) in Scotland.